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Tom Hanks To Play Captain Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s New Film

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Sully Movie Review & Film Summary

3 out of 4 stars

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Chasing Cinema – Entourage & Spy (159)

In this episode of ChasingCinema.com’s official podcast Jacob Tiranno and Louie Coruzzolo join forces once again to talk about the world of motion picture. First, Jacob & Louie talk about Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven and Little Caesar from 1931. The two then begin to talk about their history with the HBO Series Entourage, right before reviewing the spin-off film. After reviewing Entourage, Jacob and Louie then talk about the dream-team of Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy, concluding this show with the review of Spy. 

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Chasing Cinema – American Sniper, Blackhat, and The Wedding Ringer (139)

In this episode of ChasingCinema.com’s official podcast, Jacob Tiranno & Louie Coruzzolo talk about the world of motion picture and review American Sniper, Blackhat, and the Wedding Ringer. First, Jacob and Louie talk about the career of Kevin Hart, and then Jacob reviews The Wedding Ringer. Next, the Chasing Cinema duo discuss and review the new film from Clint Eastwood, American Sniper. Following that Jacob reviews the new Michael Mann film, Blackhat. Finally, the two briefly talk about the biggest surprises and snubs for this year Academy Award nominations. 

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American Sniper Takes an Admirable Shot

American Sniper, which is based on Chris Kyle‘s autobiography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, recounts the tragic yet triumphant moments of Chris Kyle’s career with the SEALs and his eventual struggles with returning home. Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is a native Texan and patriot at heart who wanted to make something of his life. He wanted to make a difference, and after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, he knew what he wanted to do. Kyle eagerly joined the fight against terrorism and became a member of the SEALs where we would be the most productive sniper in history. After four tours of Iraq, Kyle became a legend in the military; however, his real battles were only just beginning. Upon returning home, Kyle’s relationships with his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids began to wane. Kyle’s everyday life became difficult to manage as he finds out that he simply cannot leave the war and his fellow soldiers behind.

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

At 84 years young, film legend Clint Eastwood is still working at a prolific rate and is still making films that are stark and unwavering. With his latest effort, American Sniper, the great Eastwood has made an unflinching, tense film that depicts the heroism and sacrifices military men and women must make year after year.

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Jersey Boys

Since its premiere on Broadway back in 2005, Jersey Boys, has gone on to become one of the most successful musicals of the 2000s. This musical have received countless rave reviews, four Tony Awards, and has also taken its production to different cities around the world. So, it should come at no surprise that this very successful musical has had a film adaptation in the works since 2010. Although the early production hit some minor bumps in the road (there were even some rumors that Warner Bros. dropped the film plans), in 2013 Jersey Boys finally found its footing and was set to recreate the magic of the original production.

John Lloyd Young in Jersey Boys

John Lloyd Young in Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys follows the journey of four young men who were trapped by their surroundings. Growing up in New Jersey, Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza), Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), and Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda) expected their lives to go one or two ways. Men their age either ended up in the Army or ended up in the mafia, but either way most ended up dead. However, these men dreamed of something bigger. They dreamed of becoming famous and making hit songs. After meeting up with songwriter Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen), the boys from Jersey were able to fulfill their dreams of becoming a musical act as big as Sinatra. Unfortunately, as soon as success comes there way so does more difficulties and problems. Their friendship and loyalty are tested as the four of them try to endure as a group that went on to become a musical act that defined a generation.

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Trouble With The Curve

Trouble With The Curve is a picture people will want to love, unfortunately I did not. The film, directed by Robert Lorenz, is the farthest thing from being a bad picture, but it is only mediocre compared to wait it could have been. There are some refreshing performances, and even some good laughs, yet the scenes that strive for some strong, heartfelt emotion, just seem a bit weak.

Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood in Trouble With The Curve.

Gus (Clint Eastwood) is one of the best baseball scouts in the business, but in his old age, his eyes are going. Though Gus is determined to scout a new, upcoming player his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams) and his longtime friend Pete (John Goodman) might not think it is in his best interest. However, this doesn’t stop Gus from traveling to North Carolina to scout some new talent. Yet, a surprise is in store for Gus, when he finds out Pete has persuaded Mickey to follow and watch over him. Mickey, has left during an important case in her firm, which might make her partner, but she still decides watching baseball with her dad maybe more important. While scouting, Gus runs into former player Johnny Flanagan (Justin Timberlake), who then strikes an interest in Mickey. While Gus refuses to accept the fact he is getting older, Mickey tries to understand why her father was absent in much of her life, and tries to mend the relationship while she still can.

One misstep of Trouble With The Curve is that in the beginning of the picture, the audience is following Gus, however, I believe this film is Mickey’s story. Toward the middle of the picture, it begins to concentrate on Mickey more, and even her sparking love interest more. The film doesn’t forget about Gus, but it seems the film switches perspective, which might throw the audience off a bit.

Though it is a very minor problem for the picture, one of the major problems of the film is the connection with the audience. The film has scenes that should emotionally connect with everyone in the theater, however, it seems there is something in the way. I got an emotional reaction from the film, but it was very minor, in which the film will want to really move you, or feel something specific. I felt as I was watching through a window and just could not get all the way in.

The main scene where this issue is present is during the climax, after all the small fights between Mickey and Gus finally explode and put everything on the table. The scene is supposed to get a strong emotional reaction here, especially when Clint utters “I’m just a broken down old man and you better get as far away from me as you can,” yet it only comes off minor. The movie begs to really touch the audience, and though that was present, I didn’t walk out of Trouble With The Curve feeling really touched.

Trouble With The Curve is however filled with a wonderful supporting cast. Matthew Lillard in particular, as he plays Phillip Sanderson, a man gunning to get Gus fired. Phillip is a character that will immediately put a bad taste in your mouth, which just verifies how well Lillard did. Clint Eastwood’s friends also keep smiles and laughs going through out the picture as they argue who was better looking, Robert Redford or Sammy Davis, Jr. Even John Goodman, will bring smiles to the face of the audience as he and Clint bicker through out the picture. Finally, Justin Timberlake, who’s performances just keep getting better and better. Timberlake has plenty of potential, but is always a joy to watch on screen and has a way of charming the audience and making any character he plays likable.

There is no doubt in my mind that Clint Eastwood is one of the best actors still working today, but as much as you’d like to believe, Clint isn’t the star of Trouble With The Curve. Though in the beginning of the picture you may believe so, Amy Adams is the performance that takes ahold of the audience as she struggles to understand her father. It’s not like Eastwood gives a bad performance, he is highly entertaining and guarantees laughs for the audience. He even has a really beautiful scene, as he sits over his wife’s grave and sings. This scene, which is fairly early in the movie will probably bring a tear to your eye, as his pain is completely visible. The only problem is you don’t scene that pain again in the entire picture, even as Clint and Amy have a reveling argument about their past. However, through the entire picture, Adams shows signs of struggle and pain,  through mannerisms and her eyes. Adams shows numerous emotions as her and Eastwood argue about their past, while trying to mend the future.

Though Trouble With The Curve has this phenomenal cast, including the two powerhouses, Adams and Eastwood, it’s the chemistry that holds this picture together. Every character has in interesting chemistry with one another, making the relationships special and real. The audience never learns about Eastwood’s scouting friends, yet as we share a table with them, their longtime friendship is completely visible. The chemistry between Timberlake and Adams, is also strong from the get-go. However, the real magic of the film is the complicated, beautiful chemistry held by Eastwood and Adams. Their relationship is pure and believable to any audience, and as the argue like any parent and child, most people will see that. Though the beauty of this chemistry, is that the tension between the two is always there as well. As much as the want to get along, or get through a conversation, I can feel the discomfort. Watching this relationship is what makes Trouble With The Curve work as a picture, and the reason why audiences will enjoy it, though not as much as they could have.

 

Trouble With The Curve is a decent movie, but definitely no home-run. Adams truly shines in the picture, along with the entertaining performance from Eastwood, yet the movie keeps the audience at a distance just far enough to keep you from fully emerging yourself in the picture.

 

2.5 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob R. Tiranno

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Hereafter

 

Hereafter

Academy Award winning director, Clint Eastwood, never seizes to amaze his audiences. The film has grossed over 12 million dollars and still counting, yet is followed by numerous mixed reviews. The film directed, produced, and composed by the great Clint Eastwood, stars Cécile de France, Matt Damon, and Frankie & George Mclaren.

 

Hereafter tells the tale, of the three complete strangers whose lives are all altered by death. One story tells of a French journalist, Marie Lelay (Cécile de France), who encounters a near-death experience. After the incident, Marie starts seeing things and then becomes very intrigued in what happens to us after death or at least where we go after we die. Similar to Marie, George Lonnegan (Matt Damon) actually holds the ability to contact the dead. After a life of notoriety and having the “curse” to contact those who have moved on, George moves to San Francisco to escape his old life. Finally, the third story is about Marcus (Frankie & George Mclaren) a London schoolboy, who loses the closest person to him. Marcus is now determined to find a way to contact the person he lost. The three lives intertwine so they can all find the answers to the questions they have about the Hereafter.

 

Hereafter does go at a slower pace than most films nowadays, yet it isn’t really slow, it’s more like the audience is not as anxious to see how it ends. The film brings calm over the audience, and allows them to take things in, without being eager to see the conclusion. This calm is carried through the film, as the audience is taken on a journey into the unknown, what happens after we die. Even though this is one of the few most debatable topics, Eastwood, makes it unbiased, and it causes you to wonder what is beyond this life we live. Damon, delivered a truly touching performance, yet it was not over the top and most likely an overlooked performance. Frankie & George Mclaren steal the screen with their touching story and their performance is so on key, it is hard to believe it’s a character they are playing. Like mentioned before, Hereafter truly does hold an odd tone, but one that will keep you locked into the picture. Hereafter leaves you with the beautiful message to appreciate life, and though we must take advantage of every moment in this life, their might be something extraordinary waiting for us on the other side.

 

3 out of 4 Stars

 

By Jacob Tiranno

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